Warning: African swine fever outbreak spreads to Free State Province

The public is hereby put on notice of the disease outbreak in Free State.

An outbreak of African swine fever, a severe hemorrhagic disease of pigs, has spread to a fourth province in South Africa, the agricultural ministry said on Monday, following a spate of outbreaks last month.

The ministry said the latest outbreak of the disease was reported in the Heilbron area of the central Free State Province after the disease was detected in the country’s North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces last month.

“The affected areas have been placed under quarantine and provincial veterinary services are applying the necessary disease control measures,” the agriculture, forestry and fisheries ministry said in a statement.

“Veterinary services together with the industry are conducting follow-up investigations to trace the origin of the disease and to identify other farms that may possibly be affected.”

The disease is incurable in pigs but harmless to humans.

It has spread to China since last year, causing major losses to the world’s largest hog herd.

Source Reuters

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